The news agency selected Donald Trump's brightest remarks when he mentioned Ukraine that he insisted on calling "the Ukraine", which the Ukrainians considered incorrect both grammatically and politically.
Donald Trump posted a caustic remark on Twitter on Feb. 28, 2014, the day after the "little green men", who turned out to be the Russian commandos, took control of the key government buildings in Crimea:
The U.S. has appealed ro Russia not to intervene in Ukraine - Russia tells U.S. they will not become involved, and then laughs loudly!A week later Donald Trump gave his vision of the events in Ukraine as he was speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference. "So he (Putin - Ed.) has the Olympics. The day after the Olympics he starts with Ukraine. The day after. How smart. You know he didn't want to do it during the Olympics. Boom! The day after. So our athletes leave, we all leave. And when he goes in and takes Crimea, he's taking the heart and soul, because that's where all the money is. I was surprised, I heard that the other day they were saying most of the wealth comes right from that area. That's the area with the wealth. So that means the rest of Ukraine will fall and it's predicted to fall fairly quickly…"
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 28 февраля 2014 г.
It is unknown what exactly Donald Trump meant by speaking of "all the money" and what he felt when the fall of Ukraine predicted by him never happened.
U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has responded with blunt indifference to Ukraine's possible membership in NATO in an interview with NBC on Aug. 16, 2015.
"I wouldn't care. If [Ukraine] goes in, great. If it doesn't go in, great. I don't like what's happening with Ukraine. But that's really a problem that affects Europe a lot more than it affects us. And they should be leading some of this charge," Trump said.
Republican presidential candidate discussed his views on foreign policy with The New York Times on March 26, 2016:
"One of the things that I hated seeing is Ukraine. Now I'm all for Ukraine, I have friends that live in Ukraine, but it didn't seem to me, when the Ukrainian problem arose and Russia was getting very confrontational, it didn't seem to me like anyone else cared other than us. And we are the least affected by what happens with Ukraine because we're the farthest away.
"But even their neighbors didn't seem to be talking about it. And, you know, you look at Germany, you look at other countries, and they didn't seem to be very much involved. It was all about us and Russia. And I wondered, why is it that countries that are bordering the Ukraine and near the Ukraine - why is it that they're not more involved?
" We're fighting for the Ukraine, but nobody else is fighting for the Ukraine other than the Ukraine itself, of course, and I said, it doesn't seem fair and it doesn't seem logical," he said.
Asked by Reuters on Russian presence in Ukraine May 18, 2016, Donald Trump said: "I don't like it. I don't like it at all."
Donald Trump said in an interview with ABC that Russian President Vladimir Putin won't make a military move into Ukraine -- even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country's Crimean Peninsula: "He's not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He's not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want."
"Well, he's already there, isn't he?" the TV presenter responded, in a reference to Crimea, which Putin took from Ukraine in early 2014.
Trump said: "OK -- well, he's there in a certain way. But I'm not there. You have Obama there."
When I said in an interview that Putin is "not going into Ukraine, you can mark it down," I am saying if I am President. Already in Crimea!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1 августа 2016 г.
Russia took Crimea during the so-called Obama years. Who wouldn't know this and why does Obama get a free pass?- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 14 сентября 2016 г.